Morihei Ueshiba arrives at Honolulu Airport, February 27, 1961,
accompanied by Koichi Tohei and Nobuyoshi Tamura
In February 1961, Osensei came to Hawaii. During his visit he said:
"I have come to Hawaii in order to build a "silver bridge." Until now, I have remained in Japan, building a "golden bridge" to unite Japan, but henceforward, I wish to build a bridge to bring the different countries of the world together through the harmony and love contained in aikido. I think that aiki, offspring of the martial arts, can unite the people of the world in harmony, in the true spirit of budo, enveloping the world in unchanging love."
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